THERE will be no monkeying around when thousands take part in Chinese New Year celebrations at Priestdale’s Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple on February 7.
This is the Year of the Monkey or more accurately the year of the fire monkey.
People born in this year are expected to be ambitious and adventurous but tend to be a little irritable.
Traditionally celebrated over two weeks, Chinese New Year is an important time for many Logan families.
Mayor Pam Parker said highlights sponsored by the council would include a blessing ceremony and lion dance, with the latter expected to bring good fortune.
“People will also have the opportunity to ring the blessing bell and make a wish for the year ahead,’’ she said.
Chinese New Year is generally celebrated over two years and the temple will have a cultural open day on February 14, offering people the chance to learn about Buddhism.
Chung Tian Temple, which means “middle heaven”, was built in 1992 and is designed to resemble a Chinese palace.
Visitors are welcome at the temple between 9am and 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday, with the tea house open from 10am to 2pm on those days.
Logan is set for a live entertainment smorgasbord over the next six months.
Highlights include The Wiggles concerts (sold out), The Australian Ballet, internationally acclaimed comedian Ross Noble and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The Mayor’s Merry Melodies returns this year with the new show Country Song, a story about legendary musician Jimmy Little.
For more information contact Logan City Council.
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